The Pentagon: A History
Steve Vogel. New York: Random House Inc., 2007. 656 pp. Illus. Notes. Bib. Index. $32.95.
Creation of the Pentagon from the ground up during World War II remains one of the greatest construction feats in U.S. history. In only 17 months, Army Brigadier General Brehon Somervell conceived, gained approval for, and managed erection of a military building that ranks with the White House as an American icon.
In this widely acclaimed book, the author tells the fascinating story of this incredible undertaking. Along with his description of the tempestuous and shrewd General Somervell, he draws absorbing portraits of other leading figures: President Franklin Roosevelt; Secretary of War Henry Stimson; Army Chief of Staff General George Marshall; feisty overseer Colonel Leslie Groves (later head of the Manhattan Project); and John McShain, the builder whose relationship with the President landed him the project.